A commuter rail line with high ridership runs through a busy suburban downtown. Numerous surface lots monopolize and divide the village center. Can parking structures fix this problem and provide a missing public gathering space?
The Village of Rockville Centre, a transit-served suburban community, has a thriving scene of restaurants and shops but lacks a significant civic gathering space. The Utile team designed a garage prototype with monumental ground-floor arches, which would function as parking during the week and a welcoming public plaza on weekends.
The prototype is designed with an innovative structural system of ground-floor arches built of tilt-up concrete panels with economical precast concrete components on the levels above.
More about Civic Arches
Find out more about the Design Proposal.
Read a Q&A with Tim Love and Elizabeth Christoforetti of Utile, Inc.
Watch a video of Tim Love unveiling the design.
More about ParkingPLUS
Find out about the potential economic benefits of the ParkingPLUS designs.
Read about how to finance parking garages, and why it pays to build them in downtown and train station areas.
Learn more about the ParkingPLUS design challenge.